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Sandusky: Paterno Never Discussed Child Abuse Claims


Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said Joe Paterno never spoke to him about suspicions of sexual misconduct with minors.

Paterno was told in 2002 by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary that Sandusky had assaulted a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the school's Lasch Football Building.

Four years earlier, he was made aware of a complaint of child molestation against Sandusky that was investigated by Penn State campus police.

Sandusky, who was charged Nov. 5 with abusing eight boys over 15 years, told The New York Times that Paterno never raised either allegation with him.

"I never talked to him about either one," Sandusky said during an interview with the newspaper. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don't know."

Sandusky left the football program after the 1999 season but remained a regular visitor to the campus with The Second Mile, the children's charity he founded in 1977 and is accused of using to meet his alleged victims.

Paterno was fired in the wake of the scandal.

Sandusky, who denies abusing any child, told the Times that his relationship with the boys through The Second Mile was wrongly interpreted by prosecutors.

"They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever," he said. "I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."

The 67 year old also confirmed the nonprofit never restricted his access to children until a criminal investigation was launched against him in 2008.

Read more: New York Times

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